Written by Austine ELEMUE

NECO N25bn probe: Abuja NGO warns against witchhunt

An Abuja-based NGO, Anti-Corruption Crusaders of Nigeria, ACCN, has called on the investigative panel probing the alleged N25 billion contract award rocking Prof Charles Uwakwe, led National Examination Council, NECO, to be fair and justice in the discharge of its assignment. 

Recall that the Registrar of National Examination Council, NECO, Prof. Charles Uwakwe and two other principal officers were suspended from office following allegations of contract award to the tune of N25 billion.

In a swift reaction, the anti-corruption group said the call for justice has become necessary in view of the huge amount involved in the face of dwindling educational sector in Nigeria.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, the spokesperson of ACCN, Comrade Christian Omale, stated that the group is in support of the corruption fight rocking the Council, but demanded that the investigative panel should not use the panel to witch-hunt innocent principal officers of the Council.

Omale told journalists that it is totally strange for a Council under the watchful eyes of Federal Ministry of Education and members of the National Assembly in terms of budgeting to mismanage such huge sum of money through contract awards.

He, therefore assured that his group will religiously follow up the case with a view to bringing justice to all parties involved, stressing that the era of frivolous allegations are over.

He called on the panel not to hesitate to recall any innocent officer cleared at the end of its assignment, noting that the case of National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, is still fresh in the memories of most Nigerians.

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